Meet The Team
The Gapforce Family
We are proud to be a closely-knit team, based both in our UK office and across the globe. Our staff are the foundation and sacred portals of knowledge that allow us to build and offer truly unique adventure travel, gap year, and volunteering programs. The faces you see below are the magnificent team that ensure our participants have unique and empowering adventures on their gap year and volunteering programs.
World-class expedition leaders
Outside our main headquarters in London, England, most of our staff are based across the world in a variety of our gap year destinations . Being based in the very countries that our programs run from means our staff have an unparalleled local knowledge and are consequently able to continually develop the programs through regular communication with our UK support team. These exceptional international staff members are paramount to the success of our programs and the ability for our programs to make a real impact through sustainable volunteering and marine conservation.
Our Expedition Leaders have been rigorously trained directly from the ground-up (literally!) in safety, group education, wilderness survival and so much more. This truly makes them the best outdoor experts for our gap year adventures and group programs. Our Expedition Leaders are of the highest standards, and quite simply incredible at what they do; with them, our participants continue to have the ultimate experiences on our trips.
Your Head Office Team
James has over 20 years travel industry experience. He joined Gapforce in 2009 and has held positions including Schools Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager before being appointed Managing Director in 2018. His passion for travel began at an early age during a school trip to India and he has travelled extensively since then. He is firm believer in the positive impact that travel can have on people, equipping them with life skills to help them realise their dreams and unlock their full potential.
After a 10 year HR career, Nicola came to Gapforce looking for a new challenge and perspective of the world. Since graduating from the Expedition Leader Training Program in 2017 she has led gap year and school expeditions across the globe, and in 2019 she joined the Head Office team as General Manager. A strong believer in the benefits of adventure travel for personal development, not to mention the inspiration, excitement and sense of accomplishment it offers, Nicola is keen to help others experience these benefits.
A graduate of the Expedition Leader Training course, Ben joined our office team in 2020. A passionate advocate of outdoor adventures and the joys of exploring remote places, Ben is focused on developing new trips and expeditions to some of the most stunning locations around the world! When not in the office, Ben can be found sailing, cycling his bike, and rock climbing in the mountains.
William gave up any hope of a normal life after catching the travel bug at a young age. A past graduate of Gapforce’s Expedition Leader Training course, he has managed adventure travel programs in South America and Asia. Recently Gapforce succeeded in capturing this runaway Englishman and returned him to his homeland, where he gets to share his love for travel as an advisor. He has so many items on his list that he needs a bigger bucket.
MareenProgram Manager - Diving
Mareen decided travelling had to become a big part of her life after travelling for the first time at the age of 14 - joining an organized bus trip and heading to Nice. 14 years later, Mareen found herself falling in love with the other side of the world, whilst spending time in New Zealand. The top places on her bucket list include South America, Canada and the Northern Polar Lights!
Dr RajMedical and Safety
Raj is one of a select few individuals that has successfully climbed, unguided, the highest mountain on every continent in the world. It is because of this that Raj is our consultant doctor, allowing us to provide the highest level of safety and medical support. Raj has operated in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable from mountain, desert, polar and jungle environments, right through to warzones.
ColinInstructor & Expedition Leader
A keen cyclist with years of experience working in the expedition and outdoor industry, Colin is a vital member of our Operations team. Often operating remotely around the world, Colin is in contant communication with both the head office and our expedition leaders, ensuring that our trips and expeditions run smoothly. Colin can often be found cycling his bike, or in the depths of the jungle training the next generation of leaders on our Expedition Leader Training course
JadeInstructor & Expedition Leader
One of our longest serving leaders, senior instructor and chief medic on our Expedition Leader Training course, Jade has dedicated half her life to exploring the world, leading countless trips to more places than she can remember. Nature lover and conservation enthusiast, she’s a keen cyclist and is always up for an adventure whether it be in the Welsh mountains or the remotest jungles. If you’re lucky enough to be led by her you will come away with a deeper consciousness of the environment and an empowering boost in confidence.
GazInstructor & Expedition Leader
Spending most of his time training our new leaders in the jungles of Costa Rica, Gaz has always had an affinity for the tropics, enhanced by 6 months working on a banana farm in Australia during his twenties. Driven to inspire people to get out and see the world through his writing and photography, his contagious thirst for adventure and personal quest to take people out of their comfort zone will be guaranteed to ignite a lasting desire for travel and adventure in you.
Born and raised with the South Downs National park on his doorstep, Alfie has always had a keen interest in the outdoors and adventure. After exploring through the mountain ranges of Laos, his lasting passion for travel was ignited. Since graduating from the Gapforce Expedition Leader Training course, he has had the opportunity to work in Peru, Ecuador, Nepal, India, throughout Europe and most recently back to Costa Rica to assist with instructing on the training course. Alfie is a keen mountain biker, and can often be found riding his local trails or planning his next adventure!
Archaeologist and humanitarian by trade, Sara splits her time between travel for work, travel for learning and travel for travel's sake. An Italian native, and fluent in both Spanish and French, Sara joined the Gapforce team after graduating from the Expedition Leader Training Program in 2019. Since then, she's had the privilege to share her curiosity for human and cultural landscapes with gap year travelers.
Callum’s objective in life is to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. Truly passionate about nature and all that surrounds us in the wilder parts of the world, when at home in the UK, he can usually be found rock climbing in the Midlands, road cycling around his hometown of Cambridge, or surfing the Southern coasts. Photography, reading and cups of tea are his 3 best friends and he feels far more at home in the jungles and the mountains than he ever has in a house.
Andrew was born and raised in Northumberland, his appetite for adventure came from his parents having spent countless holidays on the islands off the west coast of Scotland. Having been fed the travel bug at an early age it was not too long till this northern lad travelled far and wide. Climbing and Mountaineering are his big passion, it has taken him to the French and Swiss alps, South Africa and the odd volcano in New Zealand. He really enjoys leading for Gapforce and loves to show others what this amazing world has to offer whilst having a good laugh along the way.
Humphrey hails from the Norfolk countryside but has spent time living in Central America and Spain. Globe-hopping is a passion of his and being able to help people travel is one of his favourite things. His road trips include a teenage trip in a Land Rover from Norfolk to Romania; six months on a truck slugging from Morocco to South Africa; travelling from UK to Mongolia in a Suzuki (not so) Swift and taking the scenic route to Southern Spain in his beloved campervan, Blanche!
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